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September 3, 2015 Edition  
clientuploads/2013 Images/SysAdmin/pagepic_YC_CITN.png   HEALTH CENTERS IN THE NEWS

HRSA Awards Over $3.4 Million to 54 New York Health Centers to Recognize Their Achievements in Providing High Quality, Comprehensive Care

On Tuesday, August 25, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae announced over $3.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 54 New York State health centers in recognition of their achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care. Awardees will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve. The intent of this week’s awards is to acknowledge and reward those health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement and to enable them to continue delivering better, smarter care to their patients. read more >>

Two NYS Health Centers Receive National Award for Innovation in Diabetes Care

BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) honored seven community health centers, including two from New York State, with the Innovation in Care Award at NACHC’s 2015 Community Health Institute and EXPO in Orlando, Florida last week. Part of the BD Helping Build Healthy Communities™ initiative, the $100,000 awards acknowledge innovative approaches to the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. Access Community Health Center in NYC was recognized for its use of technology to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities achieve better diabetes management outcomes, and Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo received an award for its innovative approach to diabetes education. read more >>

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Recent Trends and Future Directions for the Medical Home Model in New York
Between 2013 and 2014, New York State experienced nearly 20 percent growth in the number of health care providers formally recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes. According to a new report from the United Hospital Fund, much of this growth was the result of implementation of the Hospital Medical Home program, a $250-million quality demonstration program involving teaching hospitals. read more >>

Updated DSRIP Compliance Guidance Released

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has posted revised DSRIP Compliance Guidance on its website that details the mandatory compliance programs that must be in place for PPS leads. It replaces the DSRIP Compliance Guidance 2015-01 that was released on April 6, 2015, and sets out some special considerations that PPS leads should work into their compliance programs. Click here to access it. 

Proposed 340B Guidance Issued by HRSA Now Open for Public Comment

HRSA, Office of Pharmacy Affairs issued proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance for notice and comment on Friday, August 28, 2015 in the Federal Register. The proposed guidance addresses key policy issues including eligibility and registration of hospitals and outpatient facilities, individuals eligible to receive 340B drugs (patient definition), drugs eligible for purchase under the program, prohibition of duplicate discounts, and manufacturer compliance. The proposed guidance will be open for public comment through October 27, 2015. HRSA encourages interested parties and stakeholders to respond. Please click here for additional information.  read more >>

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CHCANYS Presents the Jeffrey T. Latman Family Day at the Races
Join CHCANYS on September 19th, 2015 at the Belmont Racetrack, home of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh, as we “take over the reins” of the exciting annual Family Day at the Races event from the Jeffrey T. Latman Foundation. This fundraising event will help raise awareness of the CHCANYS mission and support the many programs providing primary health care to anyone in need, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. This year, we will honor the Latman Family for their many years of service and dedication. Don’t miss out on this day of horseracing and family fun! For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please click here. See you at the track!

CHCANYS 2015 Statewide Conference & Clinical Forum: Register Before October 9 and Save!

The theme of this year’s conference, scheduled for October 18-20, 2015 at The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing, is From Vision to Value: The Health Center Movement at 50. Policy expert Alan Weil, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs is the keynote speaker. Participate in thought-provoking policy, workforce, clinical/QI, and finance workshops, network with peers, and meet with vendors to learn how their products and services can fulfill your business needs. Please note that online registration closes October 9; onsite registration is $50 higher. To register and review lodging options, click here. 

CHCANYS15 Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities: Sign Up Before Sept. 25 to Guarantee Your Listing!

Join our growing list of vendors! CHCANYS15 is the venue to network with over 400 FQHC leaders and decision-makers serving over 1.7 million patients at over 600 delivery sites in New York State. This is a great opportunity to reach out the FQHC market and/or maintain existing relationships. New this year: vendors may view a listing of participating companies and select their own booths on a first come, first serve basis. Don’t wait; click here (sponsors) and here (exhibitors) to learn more about the benefits of showcasing your products and services at this event.

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Medical School/Community Health Center Collaboration in Harlem Launches New Program to Prepare the Next Generation of Primary Care Physicians
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), its Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, and the Institute for Family Health recently welcomed its first class of Primary Care Scholars Program students. The six students were selected to participate in a four-year track designed to prepare them for successful and sustainable careers providing primary care in medically underserved communities.  

October is Corps Community Month!

During the month of October, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will celebrate its annual Corps Community Month. Now in its fifth year, Corps Community Month will once again increase awareness of primary care careers as well as highlight the NHSC’s role in bringing primary health care services to communities that need them the most. This year’s theme, “Training. Access. Delivery. Health,” will provide a month-long platform to share best practices and resources with the greater primary care community. For more information and resources on how to plan your event this October, click here.  

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Virtual Conference: Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Risk Management
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015; Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join ECRI Institute, on behalf of HRSA, for this free one-day virtual conference featuring expert speakers who will walk through the practical application of risk management principles in response to an adverse clinical event. Learn how to effectively use electronic health records to manage patient care, how listening to patients can help improve patient safety, and how the processes of credentialing, privileging, clinical competence assessment, and peer review interact to improve quality. read more >>

New ICD-10 Coding Resources on eMedNY Website

With less than 35 days to go before ICD-10 compliance rules go into effect, eMedNY has updated its website with a variety of new coding resources to assist providers in their transition. To access it, click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Accepting Applications for Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Culture of Health prize, which honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journeys toward better health. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation.  read more >> 

BPHC Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey

In order to help fulfill its commitment to continuously improve operations, the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) is currently conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey on its operations, communications and processes. If you have not yet received an email from CFI Group containing a link to the survey, please contact  

Performance Benchmarking Toolkit Now Available from Capital Link

Performance Benchmarking Toolkit for Health Centers, recently released by Capital Link with support from HRSA, provides guidance in applying data analysis tools to help health centers more effectively track performance, understand key drivers, and incorporate operational insights for financial sustainability. To download a free copy, click here.

Need to Cut Costs? – CPG and CHCANYS Can Help!

CHCANYS has partnered with the CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG), the leading group purchasing organization in the country specializing in the health industry, to promote its services to FQHCs in New York State. CPG will review your existing orders and show you how to save even more. For additional information, click here. To set up an appointment, contact

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CHCANYS Recruiting Sites for the HealthyHearts NYC Initiative
CHCANYS would like to invite New York City-based FQHCs to participate in an exciting, nationally-recognized project called HealthyHearts NYC, which aims to ensure that primary care practices have the support and resources they need to help their patients adopt the ABCs of cardiovascular disease prevention: Aspirin use by high risk individuals, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. HealthyHearts NYC, a collaboration of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health, CHCANYS and the Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), is a 3-year AHRQ grant-funded project designed to help primary care practices use the latest evidence to improve the heart health of millions of Americans.  read more >>

New Medical Director Training

Date: September 25 - 26, 2015. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is pleased to be hosting NACHC's New Medical Director Training for the Northeast Region at the Courtyard Boston Downtown in Boston, MA. This training provides the core knowledge and competencies that all health center Medical/Clinical Directors need to function as effective managers, leaders and advocates for their centers and communities. CME credit is available.   read more >>

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New Statewide Cooling Tower Regulation
As a result of the recent Legionnaires' Disease outbreak, new statewide regulations require registration, testing, inspection, and certification of cooling towers. For more information on Legionnaires Disease and to register a cooling tower, visit the NYS Department of Health website.

CHCANYS Interoperable Communications Drill

In June, CHCANYS, in partnership with the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Office of Health Emergency Preparedness, conducted an Interoperable Communications Drill using the NYSDOH Health Commerce System (HCS). The drill was performed in order to assess the response rate of community health centers when prompted to confirm receipt of a notification by both email and phone. The overall response rate of the drill was 88%.  read more >>

Emergency Management News (continued)

PCEPN EM-101: Emergency Management for Primary Care Centers
The Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network (PCEPN) recently launched a new training course available on the New York State Department of Health Learning Management System entitled PCEPN EM-101: Emergency Management for Primary Care Centers. This 30-minute pre-recorded training session provides health center staff with an overview of the four phases of emergency management, the key elements of an emergency management program and plan, and the role of the primary care center in emergencies and disasters. read more >>

Transportation Assistance Levels (TALs) Classifications
The CHCANYS EM Team recently hosted a webinar in partnership with the NYS Dept. of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) to provide an overview of the classification standards for communicating transportation needs during a planned facility evacuation. This information is most applicable to health centers that operate within shelters or residential facilities. To view the webinar slides, click here or visit the Emergency Management Resources page on the CHCANYS website for more information.

HC Standard Communication Platform
Last fall, the CHCANYS EM Team launched HC Standard, a web-based application which serves as a communication platform for sharing information with health centers statewide. HC Standard may be used to send notifications via email and text and to collect situational reports from health center users during and after a widespread emergency or disaster. We encourage all health centers to contact to learn more about HC Standard and/or log-in at to update your health center’s information.

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